Tax report is key to state's fiscal crisis
Three years ago a blue-ribbon committee was named ` and adequately financed -- to make an in-depth study of our state tax structure and report back to the legislature.
A year ago the report was released and well-publicized. However, key legislative leaders dismissed the report without reading it, as inadequate and a waste of time and money.
Why are you today promoting as a crisis situation the lack of funding for state programs, without any mention of the missing report? Is the sales tax the only possible way to protect our public safety, welfare, education, etc.?
License to steal
In reference to your editorial of Sept. 26, "A case for the grand jury", I take exception to the statement, "Society cannot condone shooting teen-agers for stealing a radio."
You constantly decry the crime rate and see no solution. In my humble opinion, you and other media contribute to the rising crime rate. In my day when a police office shouted "Halt!" you stopped. Why? You knew that if you refused to stop you were asking for a bullet in your behind.
Today, thanks to people like your editorial staff, you give people license to steal and mug knowing full well that nothing or very little will be done to punish the offender.
Stay alive at 55
"We want to get people mad at the governor." So said one of the local leaders of the National Motorists Association, Charles Terlizzi, in the Sept. 27 Evening Sun story, "Motorists' group plans rolling roadblock Sunday on I-95."
Although 55 mph is a pain in the elbow, Terlizzi is off base in advocating raising the speed limit. Governor Schaefer is correct in insisting that the speed limit remain at 55 and was right to veto a bill that would have raised it. The governor stated that he thought doing so would not only cause more gas consumption but, more important, that a higher speed limit would increase the number of deaths on our highways. Leading insurance companies and safety groups throughout Maryland agree with the governor.
ohn A. Micklos
The writer is a certified driver education teacher in Maryland.
Before the National Motorists Association conducts its next protest by civil obedience," I suggest all 500 Maryland members pay a visit to the Shock Trauma Center. That should convince them that their protest is unreasonable.
Certainly a 55 mph speed limit is not "ridiculous," and the state police, insurance and safety groups are correct in arguing that a higher speed limit would cause more traffic deaths, traumatic injuries and more gas consumption.
The time speeding drivers think they are saving by placing themselves above the law is probably used up waiting for traffic jams caused by speeding drivers' accidents.
Harry D. Gruel
On foreign aid
Mike Lapides' letter (Forum, Oct. 1) on the question of loans to Israel requires a rebuttal. He mentions $800 million which would be set aside to guarantee the loan. This is quite a large sum of money for which there are other pressing needs. The bigger problem is that U.S. loans more often than not get "forgiven." Look at what we did for Egypt in exchange for that nation's agreement to participate in Desert Storm. This was not the president's money but the taxpayers'.
For too long, our money has been used to buy friendship. It was one thing to help nations like Germany and France and Japan get on their feet after suffering the ravages of war. But there was a cut-off point. Other nations have continued to bleed us, while our own people and cities have suffered. What happened in Maryland last week is one case in point.
I have no qualms about aid to the newly emerging nations of Eastern Europe or the Third World. After they get on their feet, however, the aid should stop, too. As for Israel and Egypt and other nations which have been receiving aid over the years, the time has now come to say a flat out "no" to continued financial assistance.
Richard L. Lelonek
The article about publications soon to be issued by the Christian Science Publishing Society, which appeared in your paper Sept. 20, indicates there is a change in the church's mission in connection with the publication of a broad array of biographies on Mary Baker Eddy.
Critics suggest that one biography is now being released merely to satisfy terms of a will of which the church is beneficiary. This is cynical and an insult to a church whose integrity is widely respected throughout the world.
The "Twentieth-Century Biographers Series," which will contain some 15 volumes, is part of an effort to add perspective and breadth to understanding the life and work of Eddy, the founder of the church.
The revitalization of the publishing program of the Church of Christ Scientist is a progressive step which includes both written and electronic communications. Its aim is consistent with the century-old purpose of its flagship publication, the Christian Science Monitor: "To injure no man, but to bless all mankind."
The writer is a member of the Christian Science Committee on Publication for Maryland.
Seuss and Carroll
The death of Dr. Seuss deprives the world of a modern-day Lewis Carroll. Both ostensibly wrote for children only, yet each garnered an avid adult audience. Both, captivating word-masters, created distinctive vocabularies.
They differed in that illustrator Sir John Tenniel was Carroll's artistic alter ego while Seuss was his own "Tenniel," even though professing he had no artistic talent.